I have been using this natural cold remedy for myself and family for years. It helps with all miserable symptoms of cold and flu…. runny nose, sore throat and coughing. If I feel a cold coming on I will usually have a drink as soon as possible to start increasing my vitamin C levels and boosting my immunity.
As staying hydrated is an important part of reducing symptoms this warm drink helps with that. The vitamin c in the fresh orange juice and lemon, the natural antibacterial properties and immune boosting properties of garlic and calming effects of honey which coats the throat helping coughs as well as being an antioxidant. All work together to help reduce and ease cold/flu symptoms.
(Honey should not be given to children under 1 as there can be a risk of causing Botulism, for information on this illness click here ).
Its a quick and easy recipe, and well worth a try. I will usually have 2 or 3 glasses of this per 24 hour period, as well as water and any other beverages.
- 80 ml fresh orange juice
- 1 to 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 slice of lemon
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- hot water
Pour the orange juice into a 1/2 pint glass or large mug, add the slice of lemon. Slice the garlic cloves in half and add, top up with hot water (1 cup or more), add the honey and stir. Allow to cool slightly before drinking.
Chicken Soup is also well known to help with cold and flu symptoms. My Leftovers Vegetable Soup recipe has a chicken version to see this recipe click here
Please note this post does not replace the advice given by a qualified doctor. If you have any health concerns or persistent symptoms you should contact your doctor/health practitioner.